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International Conference “The Making of Jerusalem: Constructed Spaces and Historic Communities”

Call for Proposals

International Conference

“The Making of Jerusalem: Constructed Spaces and Historic Communities”

Jerusalem- 3-4 July 2014

The Calouste Gulbenkian Library of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem
invites scholars to apply to participate in the Conference “The Making of
Jerusalem: Constructed Spaces and Historic Communities” taking place on 3-4
July 2014 at the Armenian Patriarchate in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Jerusalem is one of the most contested cities around the world with a rich
and complex history. With its web of sacred sites, quarters, and
neighborhoods, it represents a polyglot of historical communities. Today’s
Jerusalem is a testament to its temporal, physical and demographic
transformations over the centuries.  The purpose of this conference is to
explore various aspects in the making of the city while focusing on historic
communities and their concept of – and relationship with – space (be it
sacred or secular).

We encourage inter-disciplinary approaches from different fields such as
history, the social sciences, art, literature, religious studies and
different area studies, particularly Armenian Studies and its actual and
potential interplay with various disciplines as well as other area studies.

The conference aims to remain true to the different temporal phases in the
history of Jerusalem while putting the emphasis on the Early Modern and
Modern periods, including the contemporary period. That is to say, we are
particularly interested in the post-1517 era, using the Ottoman conquest of
the city as a starting point.

Topics and themes might include:

•    Transformations of Jerusalem’s quarters
•    Cross-cultural interaction among the different historical communities
•    Tradition of pilgrimage to the sacred sites
•    Representation of the Holy City and its communities in texts and literature
•    Inter-communal relationships and plurality: coexistence and conflict
•    Ethnic, religious and social boundaries
•    Shared sacred sites and their management
•    Marginalized communities and neighborhoods in the making of the city
•    Refugees and their relationship with existing communities
•    Impact of wars (e.g. WWI, WWII and others) on communal dynamics
•    Emergence of nationalism(s) and its association with or impact on Jerusalem.

If you would like to participate in the conference, we kindly ask you to
submit a title, an abstract (400-500 words) and your short biography (200
words) by 15th of December 2013, to our email address:

Papers will be selected by the Conference Organizing Committee and its
Advisory Board, comprised of an international group of scholars. The
languages of the Conference are English and French. If your paper is
selected, you will be asked to submit a draft essay of 6,000-8,000 words by
1 June 2014. The drafts will be circulated among Conference participants in
advance. The intention is to publish the Conference proceedings as an edited

The accommodation and flight costs of Conference speakers will be covered.

The Conference is supported by the Armenian Communities Department of the
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, and the St. Sarkis Charity Trust,

Organizing Committee:
•    Boris Adjemian, Bibliothèque arménienne de la Fondation Nubar (UGAB, Paris)
•    Annick Asso, Associate Professor, Paul Valéry University-Montpellier III,
Institute of French Studies for foreigners, Chair of Literature
•    Bedross Der Matossian, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
•    George Hintlian, independent scholar, Jerusalem
•    Fr. Norayr Kazazian, Calouste Gulbenkian Library, Jerusalem
•    Claude Mutafian, Docteur de l’Université Paris I
•    Razmik Panossian, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Portugal
•    Anna Sirinian, Alma Mater Studiorum, Università di Bologna
•    Talin Suciyan, Post-Doctoral Researcher at Chair of Turkish Studies,
Institute for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Ludwig-Maximilian University